Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook delivers a speech during the company's World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, the United States, June 13, 2016. AFP
Apple promises to add more intelligence to its services like Maps, Photos, the iPhone keyboard and Siri, the voice-activated digital assistant, with the release of its latest mobile operating system iOS 10 tonight. The latest update will also come with a new Home app to control appliances.
Apple had recently announced many of the features with its Beta edition. Here are the top features of iOS 10, Siri and other updates.
- The iOS 10 will feature huge updates like stickers and full-screen effects to Apple Messages to deliver more expressive and animated ways to connect with friends and family.
- The new update will enable Siri to do more while working with apps, as well as offer beautifully redesigned Maps, Photos, Apple Music and News apps and the Home app, delivering a simple and secure way to manage home automation products.
- The iOS 10 will also come with enhanced 3D Touch which will allow you to work with emails, messages, folder details and many more.
- Apple has also updated its photo app with few new handy features like creating slideshows, adding transition, audio, texts and making a video by using your existing photographs.
- The software update also comes with an all new clock with a new feature dubbed Bedtime mode, which allows you to track and maintain a log of your sleeping pattern. Yes the feature is usable even if you don't use an Apple Watch. The watch also includes a stopwatch available both in analogue and digital modes.
- Apple has created a Siri SDK, which means that developers will now be able to incorporate it into their apps at will. It means that iPhone may allow its users to ask Siri to call for an Uber ride or check in for a flight from an airline app. At present, the virtual assistant is set apart from most other services in the iPhone.
- In a big change for Apple, the company is also opening Siri and its iMessage service to work with apps created by independent developers.
- Apple is also allowing developers to build apps for iMessage, although the options so far appear to mostly involve sending payments or ordering food. It's also adding bigger emoji and other visual effects for iMessage, including what it calls “Invisible Ink”, which blurs an image in a message until a recipient swipes a finger across the screen.